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  1. #1
    Linux User gassman's Avatar
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    Jan 2005
    Midwest USA

    formating a floppy

    as the subject says i would like to format a floppy disk i went to shell and tried
    fdformat /dev/fd0
    and this is what it said
    Double-sided, 80 tracks, 18 sec/track. Total capacity 1440 kB.
    Formatting ...
    ioctl(FDFMTTRK): Device or resource busy
    is there another command that im not using??
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  2. #2
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    Nov 2004
    Make sure it's not mounted, you can't format while it's mounted.

    Also, fdformat only performs a low level format, doesn't write any filesystem to the disk. Really fdformat is useful for testing if the disk is still good. Use mke2fs, mkreiserfs, mformat, or whatever tool for whatever filesystem to write the filesystem. Note that you don't need to fdformat it first.

  3. #3
    Linux Engineer
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    Nov 2004
    Montreal, Canada
    Just to folow a little on what valan said, if you cannot umoun it, issue the command
    fuser /dev/fd0
    to see if any process is taking the floppy, and kill the process to make umount possible
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